Michael J. Fox will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award...

Michael J. Fox will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in November. Credit: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present multiple film luminaries with honorary Oscars this November: director Peter Weir, composer Diane Warren and filmmaker Euzhan Palcy. Actor Michael J. Fox will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Academy President David Rubin said these Oscars would celebrate the recipients' "indelible contributions to cinema and the world at large." The awards will be conferred at the academy's 13th Governors Awards on Nov. 19 in Los Angeles.

Fox, who starred in the hit sitcoms "Family Ties" and "Spin City," and in the iconic "Back to the Future" film trilogy, was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson's disease after showing symptoms during production on "Doc Hollywood" in 1991, when he was 29 years old. He established the Michael J. Fox Foundation, whose work has included the Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative, an effort that includes 33 clinical sites in 11 countries and 1,400 participants, according to the foundation's website.

The academy describes the honorary award, being conferred upon Weir, Warren and Palcy, as honoring "extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy."

Highly regarded Australian director Weir's works include the Oscar-nominated films "Witness," "Green Card" and "Dead Poets Society."

Warren is one of the best-known composers of contemporary movie songs, having racked up 13 Oscar nominations (thus far without a win in the original song category). Among her Oscar-nominated works: "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," "How Do I Live," "Because You Loved Me" and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now."

Palcy is a César-winning filmmaker originally of Martinique, French West Indies, who is best known for writing and directing "A Dry White Season," starring Donald Sutherland, Susan Sarandon and Marlon Brando. 

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